When we’re looking to get away from the urban sprawl of New York City, our Bronx personal injury lawyers like to take our families on day trips to City Island. This tiny 1.5 mile island is located at the far western end of Long Island Sound, south of Pelham Bay and east of Eastchester Bay. Only about 4,300 people live here, but it’s a popular getaway spot both for tourists and locals. It operates as a seaside resort during summer weekends, but City Island is most famous for its variety of high-quality restaurants. Occasionally, we venture here even during the winter months for a taste of some of New York City’s best seafood and other cuisines.
City Island Lobster House
Like its name suggests, City Island Lobster House offers some of the best and most affordable lobster dinners in NYC. The customer service here is unmatched – as the owner actively socializes with guests and might even remember your drink of choice if you’re a regular. Servers are always attentive and food is usually brought to the table quickly and piping hot. While lobster may be the speciality, the menu offers a wide range of other seafood. Some of our favorites include the cold snow crab, lobster house bisque, and shrimp parmigiana. But if you’re looking for a cheap lobster dinner, this place can’t be beaten – with an entire lobster in shell going for just $18.95.
Artie’s Steak & Seafood
Artie’s menu combines three of our favorite types of food – Italian, seafood, and steaks. A bit more upscale than some of the other restaurants on City Island, it makes a great date spot on a relaxing summer night on City Island. If you’re in the mood to splurge, you can find a wide range of seafood and Italian favorites. We’re big fans of the fishermen’s platter, sea scallops, babyback ribs, and Chargrilled filet mignon.
The Original Crab Shanty
The perfect spot for seafood if you’re looking to have a family dinner on a budget. Huge portions at extremely affordable prices. We love the family restaurant atmosphere here, as families from inside and outside of the city gather in this dark, unassuming crab shack every weekend. Hits from the 80s are usually blaring from the jukebox, and at times, you might think you’re back at the Jersey Shore 30 years ago. We think this is a good thing, but it might not be for everyone. If you’re into more high-class establishments, there’s plenty of those scattered elsewhere throughout City Island.
Scavello’s On The Island
Yet another seafood restaurant – do you see a theme here? You might think seafood would get old, but we love to hop around the multitude of options offered on City Island. This place is a bit more on the upscale side – think ceramic white plates with fancy presentations. If your family is split between seafood and Italian, you can also find delicious pasta and brick oven pizzas here, along with several dishes with chicken, veal, and beef.
If you’re looking for somewhere different to celebrate a birthday, anniversary, graduation, or another special event, Bistro SK is your place. Specializing in French cuisine, the menu is upscale but the decor is in the mold of a casual bistro. Fortunately, the prices reflect the decor, as Bistro SK offers some of the most affordable (and delicious) French food in NYC.